CineCulture: What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy, Dec. 4

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CineCulture: What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy, Dec. 4

Postby mhusain » Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:22 am

(Film Screening Friday, December 4, 5:30 p.m. Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building)

December 4: A Nazi Legacy: What our Fathers Did:
Discussant: Dr. Peter Kenez

Can a man’s character be separated from his role in history? From his role in a mass murder? With the volume of Holocaust material out there, these questions have certainly been explored before. However, what makes David Evans’ documentary A Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did particularly fascinating is how close he brings us to the men who have become an almost abstract symbol of ultimate evil. He has us meet their sons: Niklas Frank and Horst von Wächter are the sons of Nazi governors Hans Frank and Otto von Wächter. In spite of their opposing views of their respective fathers, the two have formed a friendship in their challenging lineage. Their vastly different views of history are addressed head on by the film’s catalytic figure, Philippe Sands, a human rights lawyer and descendent of a Holocaust survivor whose family was murdered at the orders of these specific men. It is this peculiar, unavoidable involvement in father/son relationships that momentarily muddles notions of justice, of humanity versus history, before bringing us back to what we know about right and wrong. It is that unique journey back, muddled and frustrating, that makes the film a profound examination of a moment examined so many times before. 92 minutes.

Co-Sponsors: Jewish Studies Certificate Program & Jewish Studies Association

All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.

CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty, and staff, and community. CineCulture is also offered as a 3 unit academic course (MCJ 179) in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. CineCulture fulfills General Education Integration Area Multicultural International (MI).

CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.
Fresno State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us in advance to your participation.

For further information about CineCulture:
Dr. Mary Husain (Instructor & Club Adviser) at
Yameen Mahmood (Club President) at yameen_02@mail.fresnostate
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